Space Lectures: Journey through the universe and back

Dates: 17th March to 17th March 2022 Other dates available
Location: Planetarium
Duration: 3 hours
Tickets: £10

Ready to exercise your brain? Do you want to learn the science behind the headlines? Now you can!

Let's blast off on the longest journey you'll ever take! Are you ready to be whisked into the solar neighbourhood to see how matter is structured from galaxies, groups and clusters? Discover how astronomers catalogue galaxies. Explore how cosmologists are finding ways to pin down the nature of dark matter and the fate of the universe. And for the first time, experience an interactive view of the 3D universe to see how galaxies form and evolve through cosmic time.

Our special guest speaker for this lecture is Francesco Shankar a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Southampton. 

We have two start times for this event - 4pm for a 4:30pm leacture and 5pm for a 6:30pm lecture.

These lectures are great for adults. Older children may find them interesting too. 

Accessibility information for Space Lectures

Our Space Lectures are fully accessible. In the Planetarium, if you have a wheelchair, we have spaces for you to sit with seats for your family and friends. The stairs have lights to make them easy to see. They are wide and broad. Seating is raked - seats at the back sit almost upright, seats at the front lean back. Whichever seat you choose, you’ll always get a padded flip-up seat with head-rest. We also have an induction loop. 

On the exhibition floor, you'll find that all our exhibits are interactive. That means you can enjoy them using your senses. Touch them, watch them, hear them. The exhibits are low down so everyone can reach them.

We have blue badge parking available and level access throughout the venue. 

Find out more about how accessibility


4pm: entry to the upper floor exhibits and café

4:30pm: lecture followed by Q&A and short break

5:45pm: Planetarium show

6pm: event ends


5pm: entry to the upper floor exhibits and café

6:30pm: lecture followed by Q&A and short break

7:45pm: Planetarium show

8pm: event ends

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